A team of bio medical engineers has developed the world’s fastest camera, a device that can capture events up to 100 billion frames per second. The current ultra fast imaging techniques are limited by on-chip storage and electronic readout speed to operations of about 10 million frames per second.
“For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly,” said Lihong Wang, professor of Bio medical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. “Because this technique advances the imaging frame rate by orders of magnitude, we now enter a new regime to open up new visions,” said Wang. The team used a technique called compressed ultra fast photography (CUP) to make movies of the images they took with single laser shots. This is a series of devices customized to work with high-powered microscopes and telescopes to capture dynamic natural and physical phenomena.
Once the raw data are acquired, the actual images are formed on a personal computer. “These ultra fast cameras have the potential to greatly enhance our understanding of very fast biological interactions and chemical processes and allow us to build better models of complex, dynamical systems,” said Richard Conroy from National Institute of Bio medical Imaging and Bio engineering, US. The camera may have wider application in areas like bio medicine, astronomy and forensics.